District Energy

Factors are Favorable for a Rise in Smaller CHP Plants

Karen Henry

While 86 percent of installed combined heat and power (CHP) capacity in the United States serves large industrial and manufacturing sites, the days of new CHP plant installations at large sites are slowing down, according to Cogeneration & Onsite Power Production. CHP plant installations were at an all-time high of 6-7 GW in 2001 and 2002,   …Continue Reading


Bernhard Companies Form Energy Services Firm

Linda Hardesty

Three Bernhard companies have contributed resources to form an energy services firm – Bernhard Energy. Bernhard Mechanical, EP Breaux Electrical and TME will provide Bernhard Energy with energy engineering, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and development services for business clients including hospitals, universities and commercial buildings. The new firm Bernhard Energy will provide financing to design, build, own,   …Continue Reading


Data Center Connects to Local District Energy System

Linda Hardesty

A “climate positive” data center is being constructed in the city of Falun, Sweden. The initiator of EcoDataCenter is the energy company Falu Energi & Vatten in collaboration with EcoDC AB. Schneider Electric will supply technology that will deliver energy efficient solutions and products to the project. The EcoDataCenter will be connected to the local   …Continue Reading


Apple Spends $1.9B for New Data Centers Powered by Renewables

Linda Hardesty

Apple announced a $1.9 billion plan to build and operate two data centers in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The facilities, located in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s central Jutland, will power Apple’s online services for customers across Europe. According to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, this new investment represents Apple’s biggest project   …Continue Reading


Empower Connects Emirates Towers to Its District Cooling System

Karen Henry

Empower recently connected Dubai’s Emirates Towers to its district cooling system. The Emirates Towers  consist of two of the tallest buildings in the world—the Emirates Office Tower (1,165 ft.) and Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel (1,014 ft.). Empower’s district cooling system has a total capacity of 6,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT). The conversion from the Towers’ existing   …Continue Reading


Johnson Controls Supplies York Chillers for Kuwait University

Linda Hardesty

Kuwait University’s Shadadiyah Campus will be cooled by 36 energy efficient York centrifugal chillers from Johnson Controls. The York chillers will help the university reduce energy and operational costs while operating under extreme weather conditions where entering condenser water temperatures can reach 97°F at 122°F. The contract is part of the first district cooling project   …Continue Reading


London Revamps Greenwich Power Station

Karen Henry

The mayor of London announced that London’s historic Greenwich Power Station will soon be much more energy efficient. Up to six new gas engines will be installed in the building’s Old Turbine Hall, originally the electricity generator for London’s trams, making London’s Tube network more self-reliant and limit the risk of rising energy prices. The waste heat   …Continue Reading


Veolia Wins District Energy Contract

Linda Hardesty

Lend Lease has awarded Veolia a long term contract to operate and maintain a district energy system at Barangaroo South, an urban renewal project on the waterfront in Sydney, Australia. The system will be designed and built by Lend Lease. The Veolia contract will involve the operation and maintenance of the 62 MW district cooling   …Continue Reading


Hurst Boiler Central to Biomass District Energy Project

Linda Hardesty

Sullivan County, NH, purchased a Hurst biomass boiler district heating system with a backpressure steam turbine/generator. The Hurst system is serving the county’s 166-bed nursing home and 168-bed prison complex as well as two smaller onsite buildings in Unity, NH. The biomass combined heat and power (CHP) district energy system constructed in Unity is almost entirely   …Continue Reading


Microgrid Built in a Day for VERGE San Francisco

Karen Henry

GreenBiz Group’s VERGE San Francisco’s conference and exhibition was powered by a renewable-energy-fueled microgrid that was built in a single day at the city’s historic Palace Hotel. The installation was part of a demonstration of  distributed energy systems. According to an article on the GreenBiz website, the microgrid included a 100 kW biodiesel backup generator   …Continue Reading


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